The 2016 New York edition of 1:54 showcases 17 galleries from 9 countries, in addition to an impressive selection of works by over 60 artists working in various artistic mediums and who come from a unique blend of geographical backgrounds, comprising 25 countries: Angola, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia, United Kingdom, USA and Zimbabwe.
Performance Artist DAVE MCKENZIE — Interview
Born 1977 in Kingston, Jamica — Lives and works in Brooklyn. Dave McKenzie often investigates representations of the self in his conceptually driven performances, sculptures, and videos. In The Beautiful One Has Come, included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, the artist signals his presence behind the handheld camera, a position from which he clandestinely films the limestone bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti, whose name translates to the video’s title. The skittering footage reveals fragmentary glimpses of the statue on display in its glass case at the Neues Museum in Berlin. A panning shot across the gallery wall bleeds into images of an entirely different location: the graffiti-scrawled interior of an abandoned building. Ambient museum sounds give way to near silence, and the camera is steadied. The stark contrast in both filmic styles and architectural settings prompt the viewer to question not only how we navigate physical space but also how we determine which “beautiful ones” are preserved and which fall into ruin.